The purpose of continuing professional development
Continuing professional development (CPD) is an instrument in pursuit of ‘lifelong learning’. The objective is to keep the level of understanding, knowledge and skills up to date during the professional practice. A registered architect may bring this into effect by, for example, taking part in a course, excursion, lecture, training, seminar, symposium, or workshop.
Based on their own need for knowledge and skills, registered architects are free to make their own choice from a range of CPD activities.
List of activities
CPD activities may be attended anywhere, in principle (in-company, at an educational institute, in the Netherlands and abroad). On the homepage of this website ("Continuing professional development agenda") you will find the list of continuing professional development activities that are known to the Architects Registration Bureau.
Known providers of continuing professional development activities ensure that their activity will be included in the website of the Architects Registration Bureau, and they themselves are responsible for the content. Activities may be added to the list daily.
Within the personal log-in area on the home page of the website ("I am registered“), registered architects have the possibility to register the continuing professional development activities that they have completed. This overview may be accessed in order to provide information to clients and other parties.
The obligation to follow CPD applies to all registered persons, except for registered individuals who have requested to have their registration status reflected as "not professionally active". Registered architects may request updating their professional status within their personal log-in area. This status information is public.
The CPD obligation in the Netherlands also does not apply to the so-called service providers. These are foreign architects, urban planners, garden and landscape architects, or interior architects who are based in another country, and who operate in the Netherlands occasionally and temporarily. These service providers, however, are held to fulfil any CPD requirements in their own country
Do you offer any continuing professional development that may be of interest to architects, urban planners, garden and landscape architects, or interior architects? Then we invite you to submit these to this website. You may contact us to see whether your offered activity meets the standards of appropriate continuing professional development. If this is the case, we will provide you with a log-in account with which you can add your CPD activity to the website.